Regina students team took first place in the WYSE Regional Tournament last Friday, February 3, at Oakton Community College in Skokie. WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) is an academic competition sponsored by the University of Illinois for high school students from across the state of Illinois. Each student competes in two subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Physics.
22 students were selected by the coaches to represent Regina at the Regional competition. The team took first place in the division as a team, earning the right to advance to the next level of competition.
The students will now go on to the Sectional tournament on March 17 at Vernon Hills High School. If they do well at Vernon Hills, they will then go on to the State finals at Champaign-Urbana in April.
The students competing were:
Kaitlyn Alleman (Biology and Chemistry), Elizabeth Gillespie (Biology and English), Elizabeth Hancuch, Co-Captain (Biology and English), Gillian King (Chemistry and Math), Nora Loftus (Chemistry and Physics), Rachel Lucas (Biology and Physics), Emily Miller, Co-Captain (Biology and English), Kayley Radler (Chemistry and Physics), Miranda Radtke (English and Math), Xindi Sun (Chemistry and Math), Allison Svachula (Math and Physics), Grace Tamisiea (Chemistry and English), Grace Zhao (Math and Physics), Ying Zhou (Biology and Math).
Kendall Barrett (Chemistry and Math), Kyleigh Dalkin (Chemistry and Math), Bisrat Lijam (Biology and Math), Margaret McNaughton (Biology and English), Nina Menon (Chemistry and English), Clover Sang (Biology and Math), Yaneli Urquiza (Chemistry and Math), Helena Walo (Biology and Chemistry).
Individual medals were won in:
Biology – First place, Elizabeth Hancuch and third place, Kaitlyn Alleman.
Chemistry – First place, Xindi Sun, second place, Gillian King and third place to Kayley Radler.
English – First place, Elizabeth Hancuch, second place, Emily Miller and third place to Elizabeth Gillespie and Grace Tamisiea.
Math – First place, Grace Zhao and third place to Ying Zhou
Physics – First place, Grace Zhao and second place to Kayley Radler.